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  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-2072
    Keywords: Key words Behavior ; Cadmium ; Morphine ; Sensitization
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract  The purpose of this investigation was to assess the impact of dietary cadmium on morphine-induced changes in locomotor activity. Adult male rats were exposed ad libitum to an adulterated food supply containing 100 ppm added cadmium chloride, or an identical diet containing no added cadmium, for 45 days prior to testing for the locomotor activating effects of successive daily morphine administration (0, 5,10, or 20 mg/kg per session) on locomotor activity. On day 1 of testing, increasing doses of morphine produced a dose-related suppression of activity, and this sedative effect was greater in control than in cadmium-exposed animals. Repeated morphine administration resulted in tolerance to the sedative effects of the drug, and a systematic elevation of locomotor activity over the 14-day testing period was observed, with the augmentation (sensitization) effect more pronounced in control than cadmium-exposed animals. There was no indication that conditioning (context) events played a role in the effects observed here.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1432-2072
    Keywords: Key words Dopamine ; Microdialysis ; Nucleus accumbens ; Feeding ; Locomotion ; Area under the curve
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract  The intent of the present study was to determine the effects of systemic injections of the sympathomimetic agent ephedrine (EPH) on extracellular dopamine (DA) levels within the rat nucleus accumbens (NAC) and to compare these effects with those of EPH on locomotion and on feeding. In experiment 1, adult male rats were prepared with an indwelling 3 mm microdialysis probe positioned within the NAC. The rats were injected (IP) with vehicle, 5, 10, or 20 mg/kg (–)-EPH with dialysates collected every 20 min for 100 min after drug injection. Systemic injections of 5, 10 or 20 mg/kg (–)-EPH significantly enhanced extracellular levels of NAC DA over baseline by 79%, 130%, and 400%. Systemic injection of 20 mg/kg EPH significantly reduced NAC levels of DOPAC and HVA by 37% and 31%. The effects of EPH on brain dopamine activity were stereospecific given that an additional group of rats injected with 20 mg/kg (+)-EPH exhibited smaller changes in NAC DA (〈25%), DOPAC (〈10%), and HVA levels (〈20%) than did rats injected with 20 mg/kg (–)-EPH. In experiment 2, adult male rats were injected (IP) with 0, 5, 10, or 20 mg/kg (–)-EPH prior to placement in automated activity chambers. Total distance traveled was significantly increased by 10 and 20 mg/kg (–)-EPH, but not by 5 mg/kg (–)-EPH. In experiment 3, adult male rats were injected (IP) with 0, 2.5, 5, or 10 mg/kg (–)-EPH or with 0, 2.5, 5, or 10 mg/kg (+)-EPH prior to a 30-min feeding test. Although each EPH enantiomer decreased feeding, (–)-EPH was more potent in feeding suppression than was (+)-EPH. The present results suggest that EPH may alter locomotion and feeding via an indirect action on brain dopamine activity.
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  • 3
    ISSN: 1432-2072
    Keywords: Key words Cocaine ; Dopamine ; Ephedrine ; Locomotion ; Rat ; Sensitization
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract  Systemic injection of the sympathomimetic agent ephedrine (EPH) stimulates locomotion in drug-naive rats, an effect that may be dependent on the enantiomer of EPH employed [(–)-EPH or (+)-EPH]. The present experiments examined the effects of repeated EPH exposure on locomotion in rats to assess whether these treatments result in drug tolerance or sensitization. In experiment 1, adult male rats were injected once daily with 0, 10, 20, or 40 mg/kg (–)-EPH (IP) on each of 11 days. Locomotor activity was assessed for 60 min after drug injection. Acute exposure to (–)-EPH treatment increased locomotion for animals receiving 20 or 40 mg/kg, and this effect was augmented after 11 days of drug administration. A vehicle-only injection was given to all animals on day 12 to determine the influence of environmental cues on sensitization. On day 13, all rats were injected with 10 mg/kg cocaine HCl to assess whether repeated (–)-EPH exposure produced a cross-sensitization to cocaine (10 mg/kg, IP). Only rats treated repeatedly with 40 mg/kg (–)-EPH exhibited increases in cocaine-stimulated locomotion relative to saline-treated rats. In experiment 2, repeated exposure to (+)-EPH, 40 mg/kg, but not 20 mg/kg, increased activity and demonstrated the development of sensitization. Cross-sensitization to cocaine (10 mg/kg, IP) was not evident following treatment with either concentration of (+)-EPH. There was no evidence that contextual events alone played a role in the effects observed here.
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